In order to increase their Veterans Affairs disability ratings, former service members must show the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that their conditions have grown worse using current medical information. To make the request, the individual must complete and submit the required forms, along with supporting medical evidence.Continue Reading
Because some disabilities grow worse over time, the veteran may require a reevaluation. If the actual condition remains the same but a secondary condition caused or made worse by the original disability deteriorates, the individual has the right to seek reevaluation by the VA. After this evaluation, the VA decides to increase, decrease or maintain the rating. A lower rating means a reduction in the number of benefits but rarely a complete discontinuation of them, according Nolo.
The VA also has the right to ask for a reevaluation of any individual receiving benefits. The reevaluation usually involves a doctor's exam but sometimes requires a hospital stay. Veterans with conditions the VA expects to improve with time receive reevaluations two to five years after they first receive benefits. Veterans who disagree with the evaluation have the right to appeal. If the condition improves, resulting in a reduction of benefits, but then grows worse again, the vet has the right to ask for an increase in his disability rating.Learn more about Social Services
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense are two government agencies that offer online applications for veterans benefits. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides an online application for veteran health benefits and an online application for disability benefits, while the Department of Defense provides an online disability benefits application.Full Answer >
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has an online directory of regional benefit offices. Veterans can also call 1-800-222-VETS to inquire about an office location.Full Answer >
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers services to eligible veterans such as health care, pensions, assistance with education, job training and employment services. Other services it provides include life insurance, home loans, burial services and benefits for spouses, dependents and survivors.Full Answer >
Veterans can receive assistance with applying for and receiving Section 8 housing by calling the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans or by contacting a local branch of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Specific services available to veterans in need are contained in United States housing code, in Section 8's Housing Choice Voucher program.Full Answer >